Israel news

Divisions are all in the mind, says boffin who put hate to the tes

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A man whose son was killed by Hamas has devised a psychological method he claims can create peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Working with academics at the Interdisciplinary Centre, Herzliya, Yitzhak Frankenthal used what he calls the "Paradoxical Intervention" technique to alter the thinking of people who see conflict as the only way forward.

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West inches towards confrontation over lack of progress on two states

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

There is concern in the Israeli government that the US, the UK, France and Germany are planning fresh diplomatic initiatives and punitive measures in response to continued settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Among the plans being mulled is a joint European proposal for the United Nations to set a clear deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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Israel passes controversial law on illegal migrants

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

In its last session before dissolving itself this week, the Knesset passed a new version of the "infiltrators law", which has twice been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

The new law, which will allow for the Holot detention centre to remain open, was pushed through the Knesset at the last moment with a 47-23 majority, even though some Labour members claimed later they voted "for" by

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Ex-reporter accuses AP of bias on Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, December 11, 2014

The world's largest news-gathering organisation is embroiled in a row after a former employee accused its Jerusalem bureau of slanting its output against Israel.

A fortnight ago, Matti Friedman, a Jerusalem-based reporter for Associated Press from 2006 to 2011, claimed in an article that his former bureau - and much of the Jerusalem foreign press corps - was in cahoots with foreign activists, n

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Negev oil river is 'eco-disaster'

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

An oil spill from the Trans-Israel pipeline in the Evrona nature reserve north of Eilat is causing what has been described as one of the worst ecological disasters in Israel's history.

The Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC) acknowledged on Monday that the spill was much larger than previously thought and about 5 million litres of crude had gushed out in the desert.

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Tel Aviv's tiny idea that could change the smartphone world

By Nathan Jeffay, December 11, 2014

If an Israeli company gets its way, waiting for your phone to charge will soon seem as out-dated as hanging around while your TV warms up.

Tel Aviv-based StoreDot is about to give industry experts a glimpse of a new smartphone battery that uses nanotechnology to absorb a day's worth of power in just 30 seconds.

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Palestinian minister dies after West Bank protest

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

A Palestinian minister has died after clashing with Israeli soldiers at a protest in the West Bank today.

Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio, appeared to be arguing with IDF soldiers near the Turmusiya village.

One witness claimed he was pushed by soldiers. Others claimed that he was suffocated by tear gas.

Mr Abu Ein died before reaching a hospital in Ramallah.

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Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.

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I sacrificed my spy job to help terror-accused Hamas man

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The Shin Bet wasted a golden opportunity when it turned against one of its most high-profile Palestinian agents, a former member of Israel's domestic intelligence agency has argued.

Gonen Ben Yitzak was the handler of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of West Bank Hamas chief Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who was recruited to work for Israel at the age of 17.

Mr Yousef left the Shin Bet in 2007 after he

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Cricket ball kills umpire

By Simon Griver, December 4, 2014

Israeli cricket umpire Oscar Hillel died after being struck by a ball during the final league game of the season between champions Lod and Ashdod last weekend.

Just an hour earlier, the 58-year-old Israeli had observed a minute's silence for Australian batsman Philip Hughes, who had died several days earlier after being hit by a bouncer.

Hillel was hit when the batsman struck the ball at the

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